Afternoon Preconference Sessions

These are the afternoon preconference sessions from 1pm - 4pm.
Lunch is only included if you attend a morning AND afternoon session or a FULL day session.

P03- METC Digital Learning Leadership Summit

Full Day Changed to Half Day PM as of 2/6/17

Strand: Leadership

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate

Grade Level: Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Eric Patnoudes, K-12 Education Strategist, CDWG, Oswego, IL

Mike Patterson, K-12 Education Strategist, CDWG, Chicago, IL

 Buying devices and upgrading the wifi are really the EASIEST part of going 1:1. Join us for a day of active learning and discussions about the critical role leaders play in setting the vision, modeling expectations, and developing a collaborative culture. We’ll also share field-tested change/adaptation strategies and dive deep into the SAMR Model and Future Ready Framework!

P14- Basic to Advanced Google Tools: Drawings, Forms, and Slides

Half Day PM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Stephanie Filardo, Teacher, St. John Vianney High School, St. Louis, MO

 Google Apps for Education provides many tools for educators to enhance their lessons.  Among these tools are Drawings, Forms and Slides.  Within this session, participants will gain an overview of each of these apps and how they can be used within the classroom.  In addition, participants will get hands-on experience with examples and an opportunity to create personalized content with these apps.  Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how these three apps can work together to create more powerful resources for their schools and classrooms.

BYOD: Attendees should bring a device that can access a browser, Chromebooks and laptops are ideal

P15- BreakoutEDU 2.0 Building Breakouts: Creating Customized Breakouts for your Classroom and Content

Half Day PM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced, Advanced

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Nick Cusumano, Theatre & Film Teacher, Fort Zumwalt School District, St. Peters, MO

Andrea Head, LMS and Learning Commons Content Leader, Francis Howell School District, St. Charles, MO      

 During this session participants will be able to create their own BreakoutEDU, face to face games and Breakout EDU digital games for their classrooms.  The session will cover best practices for game design, types of locks to use, using data validation for online components and where to locate resources.  Participants will share their skills by splitting into design groups where they will design a game and then share their games with the other groups.

BYOD: Attendees should bring an electronic device of choice (smartphone, tablet, or laptop)

P16- Building Capacity: Survive, Adapt & Thrive!

Half Day PM

Strand: Leadership

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate

Grade Level: Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Angela Cartee, Professional Learning Technology Specialist, SSD, St. Louis, MO

Michelle Dirksen, Director of Technology, Hancock Place, St. Louis, MO

Abby Erwin, Instructional Technology Specialist, Ferguson/Florissant School District, Florissant, MO

Samantha Stearn, Instructional Technology Specialist, Ferguson/Florissant School District, Florissant, MO

In this 3-hour session, participants will learn about professional learning support systems that have been implemented in 3 different districts. These opportunities include technology ambassador projects, tiered PD, and coaching.   Presenters will provide data, narratives, barriers, celebrations, and more about the journeys they have experienced as they worked to implement technology education and build capacity.  Some systems are in the early stages, but others are up and running smoothly.  Participants will be given time for Q & A, as well as time to discuss implementation ideas from their experiences 

P17- Crack the Code - Teaching Kids to Code

Half Day PM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced

Grade Level: Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8, 9-12

 Jill Badalamenti, Technology Coach, Reed School, Ladue, MO

Come learn about coding with kids and crack the code on their learning. In our classrooms, we have so many skills to teach our students in such a short time. We always think, “how can we add one more?”  Once I introduce you to how easy it is to incorporate coding into your classroom and show you how engaged your students become while learning to code, you will be wondering why you didn't do it sooner.

BYOD: Attendees should bring a device with Wifi access

P18- #FutureReady Librarians: Unleash the Leadership!

Half Day PM

Strand: Library

Tech Level: Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

 Shannon Steimel, Library Media Specialist, Lift for Life Academy, St. Louis, MO

Kim Lindskog, Library Support Specialist, Parkway School District, Chesterfield, MO

Linda Dougherty, Library Media Specialist, Northwest R-I School District, Cedar Hill, MO

 How will you unleash your educational leadership to foster #futureready schools? Come, unpack the Future Ready Librarian framework, think about your work in relation to leading, teaching, and supporting 21st-century learning, and create a plan to foster future ready schools. This workshop will provide Future Ready librarians with dedicated time to set a shared vision for student learning, make action plans for digital learning, and meet other librarians who are engaged in Future Ready.

BYOD: Bring your laptop, tablet or other internet-enabled device 

P19- Getting Started with Google and ISTE Standards for Primary Students

Half Day PM

Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate

Grade Level: Early Childhood, K-5

 Christina Garcia, Teacher/Google Certified Trainer, Atwater Elementary School District, Merced, CA

 If you are a primary teacher and new to using Google Apps, this workshop is for you!  In this hands on workshop Featured Speaker, Christina Garcia will guide you through a brief  overview of the Google Apps for Education while you work together to create projects you can use with your students that address State  Standards and the new ISTE Standards for Students.

BYOD: Attendees should bring a laptop or Chromebook and have access to a Google Account

P20- High Tech & Low Tech Solutions to Closing the Feedback Loop

Half Day PM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced, Advanced

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

 Aric Foster, Teacher & Learning Consultant, Armada High School, Armada, MI

Megan Moran, Teacher & Learning Consultant, Township High School District 211, Elgin, IL

 While most teachers provide meaningful feedback, and successful students read the feedback, there is inconsistency in how effectively learners process and internalize feedback in order to succeed on future tasks. This session shares specific strategies and tools to close this feedback loop from two experienced educators who have put these tools into practice.  Participants will work on their individual smart devices in several apps that will enhance their students experience when providing effective feedback.

BYOD: Attendees should bring a smart device with the capability to download an app. Attendees should have the following apps on their smart devices: Voxer, Seesaw, Socrative, Kahoot, & Plickers

P21 – If They Can Design It, They Can 3D Print It Pt. 2

Half Day PM

Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Manuel Herrera, Coordinator of 1:1 Programming, Affton School District, St. Louis, MO

Dustin Klenke, Teacher, Union School District, St. Louis, MO

Now, let's take what we've learned in the first session and begin to take a deeper exploration of 3D modeling tools and design 3D models that you can print.  Within this deeper exploration we will share and discuss proper vocabulary when working with 3D printing.  We will learn how to design, save, export and finally print a 3D model, bringing it to life!

BYOD: One of the following devices is suggested: Chromebook, Laptop w/ Google Chrome or Firefox installed, iPad w/ Morphi installed, Laptop w/ 123Design installed (optional)

P22 – Produce Videos with a Chromebook? Absolutely!

Half Day PM

Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate

Grade Level: Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Greg Lawrence, Director of Technology, Wentzville School District, Wentzville, MO

 Come experience the making of a movie.  From filming, to editing, to creating an epic soundtrack, we will do it all from a Chromebook (or Windows/Mac)!  Yes, you can do all of this using a Chromebook!  We will explore many tips and tricks along the way to enhance student learning through creating a digital masterpiece.  Let's raise the bar to creativity with video!

BYOD: Attendees should bring a Windows or Mac with Chrome installed or a Chromebook.  Chrome on Android or iPads/iPhones will not work

P23- Teaching Science and Math through Robotics

Half Day PM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate

Grade Level: 4-12

 Laura Jackson, Retired Teacher, LEGO Education, Overland Park, KS

 Robotics is a proven and effective way to capture students’ attention and keep them engaged in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math lessons. This session is for educators from 4th grade and up just getting started with LEGO® Education MINDSTORMS® EV3, considering how to incorporate robotics into the classroom or help their FIRST LEGO League team.  Learn firsthand how robotics can get your students excited as they solve real-world challenges, all while building the critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

P24- Virtual Reality in the Classroom: Create your own Expedition - Session is FULL

Half Day PM

Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Tech Level: Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator, Parkway School District, Chesterfield, MO

 Google Expeditions has captured the imagination of educators everywhere and is taking students around the world without leaving the classroom. In this workshop we will explore how to create your own VR experiences for your students and use the tools that are readily available to give your students the world.  These technologies participants will discover in this session help to facilitate immersive experiences for students and are becoming more commonly used as was to engage students.

BYOD: Attendees should bring an iOS or Android device capable of using Google Cardboard